Bob Smizik: J-Hay does everything but pitch the ninth

Do you believe this guy?

about 11 hours ago

 Jordan Akins of UCF is tackled by Penn State's Jesse Della Valle during the Croke Park Classic American Football match in Dublin, Ireland.

Penn State leads Central Florida, 10-3, at halftime in Dublin, Ireland

The James Franklin era has kicked off with a first half passing explosion for Penn State. At halftime, the Nittany Lions lead Central

36 minutes ago

Pitt, Pirates games and Rib Fest spell North Shore parking problems today

Drivers who have not prepaid will not even be allowed to enter the North Shore after 2 p.m.

about 11 hours ago

 Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier intercepts pass during a preseason game earlier this month.

Steelers' youth movement officially arrives

For the first time in 26 years, the top picks from the past two drafts will start on defense in the season opener.

about 11 hours ago

 Charlie Morton pitches against the Padres at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon, August 10, 2014.

Pirates notebook: Good and bad from Charlie Morton's rehab start

Pirates say plenty to like from pitchers outing in Altoona but not decision yet on when he will come off the disabled list.

about 11 hours ago

 Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.

Pitt, head coach Chryst looking for better result in season opener

The opener against Delaware is a polar opposite to the Panthers’ opener last year against Florida State in many, many ways.

about 11 hours ago

 Thousands of Penn State fans take part in a pep rally at Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Penn State plays UCF in a football game today.

Irish reception for Penn State game a mixed bag

Penn State’s game today is part of American football’s growth in Ireland. But the game comes at a controversial time.

about 11 hours ago

 West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches his team during the Blue-Gold Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday afternoon, April 12, 2014.

West Virginia facing long odds in season opener today

SEC dynasty Alabama is a 26-point favorite in the first meeting between the two schools.

about 11 hours ago

 Braden Pahanish scores Thomas Jefferson's first touchdown Friday night in the Jaguars' win against Ringgold at home.

Thomas Jefferson runs wild over Ringgold

The Jaguars were led by Austin Kemp in a dominant 49-6 rout of a conference foe with a usually dangerous quarterback.

about 11 hours ago

Penn Hills capitalizes on costly fumbles in win vs. Upper St. Clair

Penn Hills recovered three Upper St. Clair fumbles in a span of 61/2-minute span, keying a 31-13 Indians' victory Friday night.

about 11 hours ago

Class AAAA: Plum routs Hempfield in opener

Nick Coxon leads Plum to its first conference win since 2011 Friday night against Hempfield.

about 11 hours ago

 Central Valley's Ryan Roberson runs past the Montour defense Friday night.

Class AAA roundup: Knoch upsets No. 5 Franklin Regional

The Knights opened the season with a home victory against the Panthers in the Greater Allegheny Conference.

about 11 hours ago

Penn State faithful nearly 10,000 strong in Ireland

Fans have felt at home in Dublin, preparing for the Nittany Lions’ season-opener today against Central Florida.

about 11 hours ago

Class AA roundup: South Fayette cruises to win

Brett Brumbaugh had an efficient outing as he helped the Post-Gazette's Class AA top-ranked Lions to a relatively easy 49-6 win against

about 11 hours ago

City League roundup: Brashear thumps Carrick in opener

Ty Powe and Khalil Saunders lead the way to a 26-7 Brashear win Friday night against Carrick.

about 11 hours ago

Larry Walsh on biking: Rail-trail deals that are hard to beat

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad offers cyclists a hard-to-beat rail-trail experience.

about 11 hours ago

Football Summaries: Game-by-Game Friday

Summaries from Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

about 10 hours ago

Football Leaders: Rushing, Passing, Receiving

Individual leaders from Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

about 10 hours ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL takes tougher stand on domestic violence

The about-face by Roger Goodell, the most powerful executive in U.S. sports, was stunning in its earnestness and clarity.

1 day ago

 From left, Kittaning and Ford City football players Chad Cloonan, Brady Crissman, John Bittner, Zeke Walker, Logan Robb, Nick Bowers, Mike Bartosiewicz, Brady Kirkwood and Garrett Virostek pose for a portrait outside the under construction Armstrong High School, where Kittaning and Ford City will merge next year.

Varsity Xtra: As Kittanning and Ford City prepare to merge, it's 'last ride'

Ford City, Kittanning students, fans and players hope one team is better than two when merger takes hold next school year.

1 day ago

  John Banaszak.

Robert Morris coach's debut gets no traction

On Thursday night when everything appeared new for the Colonials — most notably, coach John Banaszak — the end result was sadly familiar.

1 day ago

 The Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison celebrates after hitting a triple against the Reds at PNC Park.

Pirates win in dramatic pitchers duel, 2-1, over Reds

Josh Harrison and Edinson Volquez lead the Pirates to a late victory.

about 13 hours ago

 Andrew Lambo during spring training.

Pirates call up Lambo for tonight's game

The Pirates have recalled first baseman/outfielder Andrew Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned pitcher Gerrit Cole to Bristol.

about 16 hours ago

Raves: High school football takes joy of parents to a whole new level

There’s something special about Western Pennsylvania high school football.

1 day ago

 Ike Davis is congratulated by Russell Martin after hitting a two-run home run against the Cardinals in the second inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

First shot at playoffs brings out best in Pirates' Ike Davis

For the first time in his career, first baseman Ike Davis is feeling the excitement and pressure of a pennant race.

1 day ago

 Line judge Darryll Lewis throws a flag as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger calls for unnecessary roughness on the Panthers' Jason Williams in the second quarter at Heinz Field Thursday night.

Steelers notebook: Majority of starters see little of field

While many starters get a night off, some Steelers regulars play more than usual for the fourth and final preseason game.

1 day ago

 Darrius Heyward-Bey picks up yardage Thursday night against the Panthers at Heinz Field.

Steelers 53-man roster taking shape

The Steelers have less than two days to reduce their roster by 22 players.

1 day ago

 Penn State's Brandon Bell, foreground, and other members of the NCAA college football team cheer after they received lessons in hurling and Gaelic football at University College in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday.

Gaelic Athletic Association embraces true amateurism

Ireland’s two most popular sports, hurling and Gaelic football, have no pro leagues, and it likely will remain that way.

1 day ago

 Making his first start after re-signing with the Steelers, defensive end Brett Keisel battles Panthers lineman Amini Silatolu Thursday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers had positives, but none brighter than the end of preseason

The only important thing to come out of the Thursday night’s 10-0 loss to Carolina was the Steelers injury report.

1 day ago

 In this photo from Nov. 25, 2009, Greensburg Central Catholic's Trent Hurley celebrates after he scores a touchdown against Aliquippa. Hurley is now the starting quarterback for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens.

Delaware's Hurley holds advantage over Panthers' QB

Greensburg Central Catholic graduate returns to Heinz Field where he won a WPIAL Class AA title in 2009.

1 day ago

 Penn State running back Bill Belton.

Penn State notebook: Depth welcome at running back

Penn State’s running game again will be a three-headed monster, meaning Bill Belton, Zach Zwinak and Akeel Lynch will share the load.

1 day ago

Varsity Xtra: Top 10 football storylines for 2014

A look at the things to watch as the season unfolds ...

1 day ago

 North Allegheny won the 2012 matchup against Seneca Valley, 45-3, to extend the Tigers' winning streak against the Raiders to 11 years, but Seneca Valley bucked that trend in 2013.

Game of the Week: Seneca Valley vs. North Allegheny

Raiders seeking a repeat effort

1 day ago

Varsity Notes: City to use a different style of 'replay'

Some City League football teams are looking at their schedules this season with double vision.

1 day ago

Boys' Soccer Preview: Defending titles goal for champs

The Peters Township boys soccer team will start this season as the Post-Gazette's top-ranked team in Class AAA.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Tomlin ranked sixth among NFL coaches

No one should pay much attention to NFL exhibition games, particularly the fourth one.

1 day ago

Girls' Soccer Preview: Top teams are no longer playing role as underdog

Seneca Valley is the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA, while Shady Side Academy occupies the top spot in Class A.

1 day ago

The Fumbler: His history goes back, back, back ...

The Fumbler is picking winners of high school football games for the 100th year ... kinda.

1 day ago

 At six feet eight inches and weighing 315 pounts, Baldwin High School offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins, center,  is a head taller than most of his teammates.

Recruit Report: Big-school numbers down again

As far as producing major-college talent, it’s a down year again for the WPIAL and City League, but there are still several top prospects.

1 day ago

 Shaler's Annie Bozzo is committed to Syracuse.

Girls' Volleyball Preview: Shaler, Freeport the teams to beat

The favorite in Class AAA is Shaler -- the Titans have seven starters returning from a squad that placed fourth in the WPIAL last season.

1 day ago

 Canon-McMillan's Lauren Waller.

She stays course with Big Mac boys

As Lauren Waller enters her final season as a high school golfer, plenty of memorable moments have dotted her career.

1 day ago

Local auto racing: Travel gives Satterlee experience of victory

Gregg Satterlee will test the experience he gained traveling when he races tonight at Lernerville Speedway in the Working Man 50.

1 day ago

District Fishing Report: 8.29.14

A roundup of what’s biting on regional waterways.

1 day ago

 Steeler Tom Tracy, left, with Ed Kiely.

Obituary: Ed Kiely / Steelers publicist for more than 40 years, dies

Mr. Kiely joined the Steelers shortly after World War II and retired in 1989, a year after Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. died.

1 day ago

 Carolina Panthers' Fernando Velasco pulls down linebacker Jarvis Jones during Thursday night's game at Heinz Field.

Steelers end preseason with lackluster loss to Carolina Panthers at home

With many starters either not playing or playing only cameo roles, the Panthers shut out the Steelers 10-0, before 22,000 no-shows.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte pulls in a fly ball hit by Cardinals' Jon Jay in the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

Jenn Menendez's Pirates chat transcript: 8.28.14

Jenn takes your questions on the Pirates who are in the hunt for the postseason.

1 day ago

 Derek Moye pulls in a pass at the Steelers OTA practice at their South Side training facility.

On the Steelers: Moye, Brown are friends, but they have become big rivals — again

Close friends and former Penn State teammates Justin Brown and Derek Moye are rivals for one spot with Steelers — again.

2 days ago

 Ravens running back Ray Rice during a game last season against the Steelers.

NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second.

1 day ago

 James Conner carries the ball on the first day of Pitt preseason football practice at the training facility on the South Side.

Pitt football: Conner has chance to become two-way terror

Pitt's James Conner will play both ways this fall, mixing his running-back chores with pass-rushing duties at defensive end.

2 days ago

 Penn State's Ryan Keiser (23) intercepts an Illinois pass at the goal line in overtime of Penn State's 24-17 win in a game in State College, Pa., Nov. 2, 2013. At right are Illinois' Spencer Harris (80) and Penn State's Adrian Amos.

Issues in Penn State's secondary are scarce

Penn State's secondary might be key to defense's success, but is definitely the key to good communication.

2 days ago


You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here